Adjudicate review and appeal applications made to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board which may provide financial compensation to eligible claimants
Interpret and apply the Pension Act, the War Veterans Allowance Act and other related statutes.
Hearing and adjudicating cases to provide an independent review of disability pension and War Veterans Allowance decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada. This involves the following tasks:
The hearing process is non-adversarial. Applicants are most often represented at hearings by a lawyer.
Members are independent decision-makers.
Decisions rendered by Members have a direct impact on disability compensation program expenditures.
Recipients receive lifelong payments or lump sum payments (non-taxable), as well as possible treatment benefits.
Challenges, Issues, and Initiatives
The medical issues presented are increasingly complex and are not always understood by experts in the medical field.
Applicants appearing before the Board are usually represented by a lawyer.
Board Members may have to render decisions without an optimal amount of evidence.
Need to balance the demand of assisting Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP Members, and their families, while respecting the applicable legislation.